Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2019 Podcasts

Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019

28 December 2019

The Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019, compiled by Laura Jane Standley and Eric McQuade. They've recused The Atlantic's own podcasts.

[see also 2018]

  1. Finding Fred
  2. The Ballad of Billy Balls
  3. Dolly Parton's America
  4. 1619
  5. Anthem (Homunculus)
  6. Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia
  7. Headlong: Running from COPS
  8. Confronting: O.J. Simpson with Kim Goldman
  9. Still Processing
  10. The Daily
  11. This American Life
  12. BROKEN: Jeffrey Epstein
  13. This Land
  14. Ear Hustle
  15. Man In The Window: The Golden State Killer
  16. Making Gay History (Stonewall 50)
  17. Fiasco
  18. Uncover (The Village)
  19. Radiolab
  20. Fatwa
  21. Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes
  22. You Must Remember This (Six Degrees of Song of the South)
  23. School Colors
  24. The Longest Shortest Time
  25. Gay Future
  26. Sick
  27. 30 For 30 Podcasts (The Sterling Affairs)
  28. Embedded
  29. Mobituaries with Mo Rocca
  30. Throughline
  31. The Hurricane Tapes
  32. Blackout
  33. The Dropout
  34. Slow Burn (Season 3)
  35. Switched on Pop
  36. Sonic Boom
  37. The Moment
  38. The Stakes
  39. The Open Ears Project
  40. Rough Translation
  41. The Big One
  42. Love + Radio
  43. Scattered
  44. Mogul
  45. Sooo Many White Guys
  46. Spooked
  47. Tell Them, I Am
  48. The Last Days of August
  49. Freaknik: A Discourse on a Paradise Lost
  50. StartUp (The Final Chapter)

Sarah Larson: The Best Podcasts of 2019

27 December 2019

Sarah Larson: The Best Podcasts of 2019, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2018]

  1. Dolly Parton's America
  2. Headlong: Running from COPS
  3. Uncover (The Village)
  4. Intrigue (Tunnel 29)
  5. 1619
  6. Reply All
  7. Anthem (Homunculus)
  8. The City (Reno)
  9. Richest Hill
  10. Trump, Inc.

Huffington Post: The Best Podcasts of 2019

19 December 2019

Huffington Post: The Best Podcasts of 2019

AP: Top 10 Podcasts of 2019

11 December 2019

Associated Press: Top 10 Podcasts of 2019

  1. To Live and Die in LA
  2. 22 Hours: An American Nightmare
  3. Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
  4. Confronting: O.J. Simpson with Kim Goldman
  5. Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
  6. 1619
  7. Believed
  8. The Viall Files
  9. Armchair Expert
  10. Office Ladies

Nicholas Quah: The Best Podcasts of 2019

05 December 2019

Nicholas Quah: The Best Podcasts of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2018]

  1. Lost Notes
  2. 1619
  3. Moonface
  4. The WALKING podcast
  5. Bundyville
  6. Have You Heard George's Podcast?
  7. Headlong: Running from COPS
  8. 10 Things That Scare Me
  9. The Last Days of August
  10. The Hottest Take Sports Podcast

Time: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2019

30 November 2019

Time Magazine: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2019

[see also 2018]

  1. 1619
  2. You're Wrong About...
  3. Blank Check
  4. The Last Days of August
  5. Moonface
  6. Decoder Ring
  7. Scattered
  8. Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
  9. Mobituaries with Mo Rocca
  10. Spectacular Failures

Wired UK: The 33 Best Podcasts of 2019

24 November 2019

Wired UK: The 33 Best Podcasts of 2019, a list that includes their own podcast